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Project leader
Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi, Società dalmata di storia patria - Rome

With a background in scientific and classical studies, Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi is on the Board of directors of Società dalmata di storia patria. He leads the Stato da Mar project as well as other Society research projects. His research interests range from the Eastern Adriatic, to the Italian presence in the Mediterranean, to postal history.


Research and transcription of documents:
Lia De Luca

Lia De Luca graduated in history from the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia with a thesis on “An Urban Centre in Venetian Istria – Conflicts and jurisdiction in 18th century Albona” (supervisor: Claudio Povolo). She earned her PhD in European social history from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period with a thesis on “Venice ad immigrations in Istria during the 16th and the 17th century” (supervisors: Giorgio Politi, University of Venice; Egidio Ivetic, University of Padua). She won the Achille e Laura Gorlato Prize, established by Ateneo Veneto, in 2012. She works for the project Shared Culture 2007-2013, “Strategic Project for the knowledge and availability of shared cultural heritage,” financed in the framework of the Cross Border Cooperation Programme Italy-Slovenia. Her research interests focus on legal anthropology and social history, particularly on the Venetian Stato da mar in the modern age.

Tiziana Aramonte

Tiziana Aramonte graduated in history from the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia with a thesis on Venetian commissions during the Middle Ages. She’s attending the Scuola di Archivistica, Paleografia e Diplomatica at the State Archive of Venice. Her interests focus on Venice and the administration of the Stato da mar.

Eliana Biasiolo

Eliana Biasiolo graduated in history from the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia. She works for the project Shared Culture 2007-2013 financed in the framework of the Cross Border Cooperation Programme Italy-Slovenia with the Università Ca' Foscari, identifying and cataloguing the petitions from Venetian Istria between the 16th and the 17th centuries in the collection “Collegio-suppliche” in the State Archive in Venice. Her research and interests focus on Venetian history, in particular on the Stato da mar and political and judicial history in the Venetian era and in 19th century.

Umberto Cecchinato

Umberto Cecchinato earned his Master’s Degree in Medieval History from the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia in 2013, with a thesis on the social function of sacred and secular musical practices during patronal feasts in the Treviso area before and after the Council of Trent. In the same year he received the Gaetano Cozzi research fellowship from the Fondazione Benetton Studi e Ricerche, and the Achille e Laura Gorlato Prize from the Ateneo Veneto in Venice. In 2010 he took part in the international meeting “16th century polychoral music:the precursors, the Veneto context, Asola and Croce, Venice-Verona,” organized by the Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi in Venice, with a presentation on “The consumption of sacred poliphony: music practice and repertoires in the Conegliano Churches between 16th and 17th centuries.”  In 2013 he took part in the international meeting “Contaminations. Discourses, Practices and Representations: the Upper Adriatic between the Middle Ages and Modernity,” organized in Koper-Capodistria by the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia and the University of Primorska of Koper, with a presentation on “Dance, contamination, conflicts. Quarrels and aggressions during balls in rural villas of the Treviso area (16th – 17th centuries).”

Giulia Giamboni

Born in Venice, Giulia Giamboni studied and earned her Master’s Degree in History from the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia in 2013, with a thesis on the Venetian administration of the possessions of Corone and Modone in the 13th and 15th centuries. Between 2008 and 2009 she studied at the Université Denis – Diderot (Paris VII) of Paris, earning a 1st Level Master’s degree with a thesis on the diplomatic relations between Venice and Byzantium in the 14th century.

Alice Miglioli

Born in Modena, where she lives, Alice Miglioli earned her BA degree in Padua, her Master’s Degree in Medieval Literature and History from the Università di Bologna. and is now concluding her second year of archival studies (Scuola di Archivistica, Paleografia e Diplomatica) at the State Archive in Modena. In order to improve her experience, she is volunteering at the Nonantola Abbey and working with Società Dalmata di Storia Patria on this project.

Cristina Setti

Cristina Setti graduated in history from the Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia in 2009 with a thesis on judicial procedures of appeal in the Republic of Venice between the 16th and 17th centuries. In 2013 she earned her Master’s degree in history from the Middle Ages to the contemporary age from the same university, with a work on the relationship between Venice and its Greek-Levantine subjects in the early 17th century.  She has published various works and spoken in various international meetings on these topics. She has worked on the editing and the review of historiographic works as well as on the drafting of dictionary entries regarding historical-juridical subjects. Her main research interests regard the institutional and social history of the early modern age and the history of the Mediterranean, mainly the Republic of Venice and the Stato da Mar.  She is presently working on her PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa with a project on “The Sindici Inquisitori in Venetian Levant: evolution and features of a medieval magistracy during the Early Modern Age,” with the support of research fellowships from the École Normale Superieure in Cachan (Paris) and the École Française d'Athènes.

Guglielmo Zanelli

A sea captain on leave from the Italian Navy, Guglielmo Zanelli is an experienced researcher on the history of the Venetian Arsenal. He is the author of many publications about gondolas, boats, the Arsenal, and people working on Venetian vessels (Gondole e traghetti; L'Arsenale di Venezia, Navi, squeri, traghetti da Jacopo de Barbari; Guida per l'Arsenale di Venezia; Squeraroli e squeri; Traghetti veneziani). He is the curator of exhibitions on Venice and its vessels, including exhibitions at the South African Maritime Museum (Cape Town) and the Fondazione Querini Stampalia (Venice). He is currently working with the Italian Navy, the Naval History Museum in Venice, and Italian Universities.

Helping in the project:
Mario Crevato-Selvaggi
Transcription of documents
Giulio Crevato-Selvaggi
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Valentina Stazzi, Società dalmata di storia patria - Rome

Optimization and insertion of documents.

Valentina Stazzi graduated in Modern and Contemporary History. She earned her Master’s degree as a paleographer archivist from the Scuola speciale per archivisti e bibliotecari at the University “La Sapienza” in Rome with a thesis on The Archive of the Zara Council and the annual Diploma in Archival studies from the Scuola vaticana di paleografia, diplomatica e archivistica, also in Rome. She is a councillor of the Società dalmata di storia patria and of the Istituto di studi storici postali in Prato. Her research mainly concerns the history of archives and of Dalmatian sources between the two World Wars.

Raffaella Gerola

Translations into English.

Raffaella Gerola graduated in Translation and Interpreting from the School for Translators and Interpreters in Milan. Greatly experienced in the field of technical translations and European projects, she has been working with the Società dalmata di storia patria for years. Her interests range from prehistoric archaeology, to modern history, to cultural anthropology.


Eric Dursteler

English language editor

Eric Dursteler joined the History Department of Brigham Young University in 1998, where he is professor. He earned his PhD from Brown University in 2000. His research focuses on gender, religious identity and food in the the early modern Mediterranean. He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, the American Philosophical Society, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Folger Shakespeare and Huntington libraries. His publications include Venetians in Constantinople: Nation, Identity and Coexistence in the Early Modern Mediterranean (2006, Turkish translation 2012), Renegade Women: Gender, Identity and Boundaries in the Early Modern Mediterranean (2011, Turkish translation 2013), and as editor, A Companion to Venetian History, 1400-1797 (2013). His most recent book, The Mediterranean World: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Napoleon, co-authored with Monique O’Connell, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2016. He is also currently working on a book on food and foodways in the early modern Mediterranean. He is the editor of the News on the Rialto, and book review editor for the Journal of Early Modern History

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